Hasan (my middle-eastern buddy from my London days) arrived in style at the Penang airport yesterday.
After graduation, he has since become an investment banker by profession and having just gotten a big fat bonus he decided to make a trip to Penang to visit me.
The first thing he said when he arrived at Penang was that he wanted to see the BEACHES and the SEA!!!
So after picking him up from the airport, I rushed him to the nearest public beach.
To the disappointment of many Penangites that contributed to the famous WALL OF CRAP near the Crown Prince Hotel Beach in Penang... Hasan the tourist... wasn't impressed.
And he wasn't even impressed that a particular "Daniel" had spray-painted his own name on the wall.
So to the Daniel that took the effort to display his artistic talent, I'm sorry you had to hear this...
At the end of the dreadful alley was the beautiful beach that people "apparently" come to Penang for (that is of course... according to Hasan)
Many public beaches in Penang are dirty as hell... littered with anything from plastic bags to condoms.
So on the beaches that ARE well-kept, there are big reminders to tell everyone using it to keep the beach CLEAN.
And the state government not only provide these beaches with a couple of bins
But up to four of them at ONE spot.
Just in case anyone is blind enough to miss them (I know plenty of such people).
Then again, it does help that this particular beach is taken care off by these two hotels (without them we'll be walking on used condoms instead of sand).
So after confidently assuring ourselves that we are considerate Penangites that don't litter, we walked deeper into the beach!
And took some pictures of the scenery
And of us IN the scenery ... WOOHOO!!!
Now the thing about the beaches in Penang is... PLENTY of locals hang out there... young and old (though most of the time young).
So while loitering around the beach I bumped into Eve, a fellow blogger and reader of this blog who upon seeing Hasan said
"OH!!! I KNOW YOU!!! YOU ARE THE GUY WHO HATES MACS!!!"
Hasan took a few minutes to defend himself by telling Eve how he thinks Macs are inferior to Windows-based PCs (and that I'm an idiot for buying one).
In the hope of stopping Hasan from talking shit about my Mac, I distracted him by pointing at a drink stand selling COCONUTS.
And being the nice polite host, I bought a coconut for Hasan.
To distract him further, I got him to pose with his coconut.
By the time he was sucking blissfully on his coconut, he had totally forgotten about his life-long mission to bitch about me buying my Mac (that I lurrrrrveee btw).Now I think the coconut is a DIRTY DIRTY FRUIT!
There is just no "innocent" way of holding it.
Pay attention to the way Hasan was "cupping" his coconut.
That is soo sooo dirty!
But how else would you do it?
How do you guys hold your coconuts?